Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis bio

Birth Name: Jacob Riis

Occupation: Photographer

Place Of Birth: Denmark

Date Of Birth: May 3, 1849

Date Of Death: May 26, 1914

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: Unknown

Nationality: American

Jacob Riis was born on the 3rd of May, 1849. He was famous for being a Photographer. Danish American journalist and photographer who tried to alleviate the bad living conditions of impoverished New Yorkers through his writing and photography. Throughout New York there are several parks and buildings named after him.

Jacob Riis was born in Denmark. He immigrated to America in 1870, when he was 21 years old. He is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of flash in photography, and his How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York: a 1890 publication of photojournalism, which is seen as the basis of muckraking journalism.

Jacob Riis was a Taurus and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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Jacob Riis was born in 1840s.

Jacob Riis is part of G.I. Generation also known as The Greatest Generation. This generation experienced much of their youth during the Great Depression and rapid technological innovation such as the radio and the telephone. The initials "G.I." is military terminology referring to "Government Issue" or "General Issue".


Jacob’s education details are not available at this time. Please check back soon for updates.


Jacob Riis’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. We will continue to update information on Jacob Riis’s parents.

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Personal Life

Like many famous people and celebrities, Jacob Riis kept his personal life private. Once more details are available, we will update this section.

Jacob Riis was born in the Year of the Rooster.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: Jacob Riis
BIRTH DAY: Thursday
DEATH DAY: Tuesday



Zodiac Sign: Jacob Riis was a Taurus. People of this zodiac sign like cooking, romance, working with hands and dislike sudden changes, complications, and insecurity. The strengths of this sign are being reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable, while weaknesses can be stubborn, possessive and uncompromising. The greatest overall compatibility with Taurus is Scorpio and Cancer.

Chinese Zodiac: Jacob Riis was born in the Year of the Tiger. People born under this sign are honest, observant and hardworking. They seldom rely on other people in daily life, which can make them impatient when dealing with others.

Ruling Planet: Jacob Riis had a ruling planet of Venus and has a ruling planet of Venus and by astrological associations Friday is ruled by Venus. Venus is the planet of love, harmony, money and possessions. Venus is graceful, charming, sensual and social. People who are born with Mars as the ruling planet have beauty, charm and sensuality.

Jacob Riis’s birth sign is Taurus and he had a ruling planet of Venus.

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